What is measles?

Measles is a very infectious viral illness that is spread by coughs and sneezes.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include fever, sore red eyes, and rash. It can be a very serious infection for some people.

Is it serious?

Yes, around one in 5000 individuals with measles is likely to die and since 2006, there have been 3 deaths from measles in England and Wales.

Who is at risk?

The risk of complications occurring from measles are more likely to in certain groups including people with weakened immune systems, babies under one year old and pregnant women.

How can I protect my child and others?

You can help to protect your child and other vulnerable people by getting your child vaccinated.

The child would receive two vaccinations, one at around 12 months old and a further vaccination around three years and four months old, that helps to produce immunity to the infection.

Have I missed the opportunity to vaccinate my child?

No! If your child is older than 12 months old and you would like to vaccinate your child, please contact the practice to book an appointment with the Practice Nurse to receive the vaccine.

Are you unsure if to vaccinate your child against preventable infections?

Please click the following link for further detailed information:

MMR vaccination (

I do not want to vaccinate my child.

If you choose not to vaccinate your child, please click the following link from The World Health Organisation, to see what the risks are and what your responsibilities are:

If you choose not to vaccinate your child.pdf